Alumni (National Fellow)

Damion Thomas

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles (2002)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Jeffrey Sammons
University of North Carolina
Fields of Interest:
African American History
International Relations
Social History


Damion Thomas is assistant professor of physical cultural studies in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Thomas is also an affiliate faculty in the African American Studies Department. His research interests include: Sport and United States race relations, Black internationalism, African American popular culture, U.S. foreign relations, and Black masculinity. His recent publications include articles in the International Journal of the History of Sport, Sport & Society, and the Journal of Sport & Social Issues. Additionally, he has contributed book chapters to the following collections: “Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes” and “East Plays West: Sport and Cold War.” Thomas received his doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Thesis Description:

The Good Negroes: African-American Athletes and the Cultural Cold War, 1945-68

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